‘Bloom Stool’, 1973
Reflex horn loudspeaker, wooden stool, tape recorder
A large, battered, ‘reflex horn’ loudspeaker mounted on an old painting studio stool, brings Duchamp on a collision course with James Joyce. The work’s title ‘Bloom Stool’ is a reference to the (in)famous ‘bowel movement passage’ in Ulysses. The sound, a recording of a ‘waterfall’ (flushing toilet) slowed down beyond recognition is played from a journalist’s portable tape recorder, with the tape looped around one of the stool’s legs, mirroring the newspaper featured in Joyce’s account. The result, however, leaves the relevance of such references entirely open.